When it comes to supporting community, shopping your favorite small business is one way to do it. When it comes to supporting our Asian American neighbors, let’s spend like it matters. Whether you’re looking for sustainable gift ideas; a place to grab dinner or a hot cup of coffee; or even kids Bollywood dance lessons, you’ll find them on our list of Asian American-owned businesses. Add these to your list of Seattle parent must-knows.
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There’s lots to love about this mom-owned jewelry brand that’s committed to sustainability as much as it is ethical practices. It was started in Seattle in 1981 by owner Suzanne Zetillart’s parents and now has placements in over 1,000 retail partners across the country. The company’s socially minded programs (they launched a BIPOC grant program in 2020) are varied, and they have plans to be carbon neutral by 2025. But our favorite part has got to be the kids jewelry that’s simply too cute.
Tokki is another phenomenal mom-owned business that’s focused on sustainability. Started by Seattle mom (and Julep founder), Jane Park, Tokki products are all about the joy of gifting and re-gifting. These thoughtfully made gift bags can be used time and time again, and each includes a digital gift tag so senders can create a personalized video or upload a photo to send the perfect message. Best part? Saving those wrapping paper discards and one-use tags from the landfill.
Iconic grocery store. Fantastic food hall. Purveyor of amazing Asian gifts. However you categorize it, Uwajimaya is Seattle’s original go-to spot for all things Asian. In addition to hard-to-find specialty food items, you can find all your grocery needs in the aisles here. Plus awesome local goodies like mochi donuts, Hood Famous Bakery ube cheesecake and tasty treats from Cakes of Paradise. Stop by the food hall for an easy to-go meal and if your kids (or you!) need a Hello Kitty fix, you know you can find it here.
600 5th Ave. S.
699 120th Ave. N.E.
501 S. Grady Way
Rangeela Dance Company
Rangeela Dance Company brings Bollywood to Seattle with fun fusion classes parents will love. Founded by Priyanka Vora, each class blends India’s Bollywood dance moves with cardio, funk and urban themes that energize your typical workout. Admittedly, we’re crushing on the virtual kids Bollywood dance classes where they’ll learn the basics and you can join in!
1414 E. Spruce St.
Ayako & Family
Next time you’re at the Ballard or U District Farmers Markets, look for Ayako & Family jam and shokupan. While their specialty plum jams (made from fruit grown on Mari Farm-Taki in Yakamia) taste good on just about anything you spread them on, they pair especially well with the thick-sliced shokupan also sold at the market. Curb your craving year-round when you stop by.
Whether you fam is planning a summer camping trip or or wants to head out in search of Seattle’s best urban trails, get the gear you need at Ballard’s Ascent Outdoors. From stoves and sleeping pads to skis and shoes, they’ve got you covered. We’re eyeing the kid’s snowshoe rentals for next season.
5209 Ballard Ave. N.W.
This Beacon Hill restaurant got its start as a series of pop-ups hosted by Chef Melissa Miranda back in 2016. Now, the restaurant (named after Chef Melissa’s father) is known for its cozy environs and creative Filipinx cuisine available for dine-in and takeout. But our favorite part of Musang isn’t the food or community, it’s the Little Wildcats program for kids. Usually kids can gather here to cook and craft at in-person classes, but more recently it’s been a hub for take-home kits. April’s kit is all about making Pinkabet.
2524 Beacon Ave. S.
Relay Restaurant Group
We’re all about parents here at Red Tricycle, and Rachel Yang, Chef/Owner of Joule, Revel, Trove and Revelry is one of our favorites. At each of her four restaurants (three local, one in Portland) families will find inventive food and a casual atmosphere that bumps them into the family-friendly category. As Yang says, her restaurants are more than places to feed people, they “help them create everlasting memories of good times.”
Kamayan Farm is a veggie, flower and education farm located on Snoqualmie people’s land in Carnation. Farmer Ari de Leña started working the land in 2016, growing veggies and medicinal herbs for the CSA. This year on the farm, families can explore heritage crops, a collab between Kamayan and six other area farms. Farmers will share stories, histories and recipes that explore cultural traditions, with each month ending in a virtual potluck and interactive presentation. Expect engaging kids activities if you participate, as Ari is passionate about connecting people of all ages with the land and their food.
Friendly Hmong Farms
This Eastside CSA is the product of a grassroots effort to support Hmong farmers who were hit especially hard during the pandemic in 2020. When your family subscribes for a veggie or flower (or both) share, they are supporting 12 Hmong families whose Eastside farms span from Snohomish down to Kent. Subscribe for the season or a la carte, selecting a pick-up location and date for a one-time purchase. Psst... they have Mother’s Day bouquets; order them while you can!
P.O. Box 11711 35th Ave. N.E.
Families have long been flocking to Firehouse Coffee in Ballard. This neighborhood hot spot is a refuge for families; the separate play area allows parents and kids to play without constant wrangling. And their treats from local faves, Alki Bakery and Flying Apron, don’t hurt either. Even if you don’t have time to stop and play, you can drive-thru for coffee on busier days.
2622 N.W. Market St.
Chuck’s Hop Shop
If babies and beer is how you roll, it doesn’t get easier than Chuck’s Hop Shop. Not only is it the “land of 1,000 beers” but each location offers outdoor seating (reservations are needed currently) and Full Tilt ice cream to satisfy your kiddo’s sweet tooth. Best part? It’s pooch-friendly too. We couldn’t think of a better spot to spend a sunny afternoon with your crew.
656 N.W. 85th St.
2001 E. Union St.
A café with a heart in Old Bellevue, Bellden was a Reader’s Digest 2020 Finalist for Nicest Place in America. If you’re wondering how a coffee shop that serves tasty breakfast and lunch items, coffees, pastries and cocoa earned this distinction, it’s because they partner with local non-profits, creating signature drinks, and then donate a portion of the profits from the sales. Especially during the pandemic, this Eastside addition has been functioning as a community hub and donation site, supporting neighbors in need.
10527 Main St.
When it comes to baking classes for families, it doesn’t get better than the pop-ups at Bells Pastries. It’s a chance to work alongside your kiddos to learn techniques and create desserts you may (or may not) want to share. While the pop-ups are on hold for now, Chef Jasmin Bell Smith still hosts online classes so you can keep learning. If DIY isn’t your thing, you can always order custom cakes or monthly macaron or dessert boxes to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Sandhu Cake Co.
When it comes to kids these days, we’ve got four you need to meet. The sibling bakers, decorators and taste-testers of Sandhu Cake Co. Formerly Treats by Ash, these kids have been baking up treats in their kitchen for a while now. If you need a specialty cake, they’ve got a gallery of impressive creations to choose from.
11813 S.E. 290th Pl.
Sweet and savory breakfast pastries and flavorful cookies are the name of the game at this local bakery. Now with four locations, Fresh Flours hit the Seattle scene in 2006 and hasn’t slowed down. It’s an easy stop for families on their way to rock the weekend. Grabbing coffee a fresh breakfast before they head out to play.
6015 Phinney Ave. N.
1624 S. McClellan St.
9410 Delridge Way S.W.
South Lake Union
432 8th Ave. N.
Seattle Asian Art Museum
This recently renovated museum in Volunteer Park is a great spot to spy Asian art and (under normal circumstances) enjoy crafts and learning during Family Saturdays. While it’s not open yet, the museum’s re-opening weekend is on the horizon. Mark your calendars for Memorial Day weekend and get your tickets reserved starting April 29. Families can explore fascinating exhibits including Boundless: Stories of Asian Art and Be/longing: Contemporary Asian Art when they visit.
1400 E. Prospect St.
Wing Luke Museum
Explore the history of the Asian Pacific American experience when you bring the kids to Wing Luke. Open again to the public, wandering the museum gives families the chance to explore exhibits where kids can learn about important Asian Americans (like Wing Luke himself) and reflect on the immigrant and refugee experience in Washington. The "Letter Cloud" installation is particularly powerful and you'll find plenty of Bruce Lee love here as well.
719 S. King St.